When the weather is cold outside, it helps to continue warming your insides with tea. I like to fill a thermos with whichever spices support my health and my taste buds that day.
Combine the herbs in a thermos then fill with hot water to steep. Pour the tea through a strainer for each fresh cup. Here are a few recipes to keep you warm all day.
Ginger tea - 2 inches fresh ginger, grated + 1/2 lemon squeezed + 1 tablespoon honey
Ginger and lemon help with digestion while lemon and honey can help soothe a sore throat or a cough.
Orange Spice - 1 orange, sliced thin with skin + 2 cinnamon sticks + 3 whole cloves
Orange skin is the best source of bioflavonoids which help to make our own skin stronger. Cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar and clove adds a delicious holiday aroma. I like to chew on the softened orange skin and I actually notice a difference in my skin.
Rosemary Tea - 1 long sprig of fresh rosemary in a quart of hot water with lemon.
Rosemary is a powerful liver detox and you may have it already growing in your landscaping!
Pumpkin Spice - 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice mix + 1 tablespoon honey + cream after
pouring. Pumpkin spice contains cinnamon for blood sugar, ginger for digestion plus clove and nutmeg for a wonderful holiday aroma.
Loose tea blend - use any interesting spices or herbs in your cabinet or garden.
*Caffeinated teas such as green, black or Yerba Matte don't work well. They get very bitter if they sit in hot water.